By Anna North
Eighteen-year-old Darcy lives at the island of the US Pacifica--one of the final locations on the earth that remains liveable, after North the USA has succumbed to a moment ice age. schooling, meals, and simple technique of survival are the province of a selected few, whereas the vast majority of the island citizens needs to fight to stick alive. the wealthy reside in "Manhattanville" mansions made of the final items of wooden and stone, whereas the bad cower within the shantytown slums of "Hell City" and "Little Los Angeles," locations equipped out of heaped up trash that's slowly crumbling into the ocean. The island is governed via a mysterious dictator named Tyson, whose regime is suffering from fees of corruption and conspiracy.
But to Darcy, the US Pacifica is just home--the just one she's ever identified. despite their poverty she lives contentedly together with her mom, who works as a pearl diver. It's in simple terms while her mom doesn't come domestic one evening that Darcy starts off to benefit approximately her previous as a former "Mainlander," and her mother's position within the flight from frozen California to the USA Pacifica. Darcy embarks on a quest to discover her mom, navigating the darkish underbelly of the island, studying alongside the best way the stressful fact of Pacifica's early background, the far-reaching effect of its egomaniacal chief, and the prospective plot to homicide the various island's first inhabitants--including her mom.
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America Pacifica by Anna North